Professional Bio

  • Ph.D., English, University of Denver
  • M.A., English, University of South Florida
  • B.A., English & Psychology, University of South Florida

Eleanor Swanson is widely published in both poetry and fiction. Her first poetry collection, A Thousand Bonds: Marie Curie and the Discovery of Radium, was a finalist for the Colorado Book Award, and her second collection, Trembling in the Bones—about the Colorado Coal strike of 1913 and the 1914 Ludlow Massacre—was reissued in 2013 ( 3: A Taos Press). Her third collection is Memory’s Rooms (Conundrum Press).

Swanson has also published a novel, Before the Reef; and two short-story collections: Little Houses (SFA State University Press), and Exiles and Expatriates, winner of the 2013 Press Americana Prize. She has been awarded an NEA Fiction Fellowship and a Colorado Council on the Arts Fellowship in Fiction

Eleanor is eager to work with both poetry and fiction writers.  She welcomes poets writing in either closed or open forms, and can, especially, offer techniques and approaches for poets interested in developing persona poems.  Although she has published a novel and is now at work on a second—and would be happy to work with novelists-to-be—she is a prize-winning short story writer, and assisting writers in building their short stories is her forte.